*Kerry Washington made a surprising statement in an interview with Ebony recently while discussing her role in “Scandal.”
Gracing the cover of the latest issue of the magazine, the most popular black woman on television says in the cover article that she wouldn’t have taken the role if the president (on the show) was black.
Diversity is Shonda Rhimes middle name and she’s been rewarded for her great writing and ability to relate to a variety of audiences. But her latest greatest work has caught some heat for glorifying a sticky love triangle and extramarital relationship.
Shonda responded to Star Jones’ concern about the show saying, “The scandalous nature of her relationship with the POTUS on the show does not escape Washington, who says that is exactly why she would have passed on the role if the character were played by a black man.
On the same issue, Kerry also had reservations at first.
“I was a little concerned because [the character has] a scandalous relationship with the [occupant of the] White House,” the actress said. “I thought, ‘If the president on the show is Black, I will not do the show.’ Because to me, it was too important a moment. I didn’t want to do anything that compromised my relationship with the [president] or that made it seem like I had an insider view on the Obama presidency. I thought that would be so disrespectful and so against all the work that I had done.”
*ABC tried something new with “Last Resort” and “666 Park Avenue,” but their try was to no avail.
Both shows were canceled due to low ratings.
Critics say the dramas had a promising future, but they could have been too good for the regular, reality television drained audience.
They started off strong, but viewers’ interest began to dissipate as the show wore on.
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“Last Resort,” starring Andre Braugher, averaged 7.3 million viewers, but the last episode garnered the least amount of viewers in the show’s short history, with only 5.8 million viewers.
As for Vanessa Williams’ “666 Park Avenue,” the show brought in an average of 5 million, dropping to 4 million during the last episode.
The shows aren’t going to just go off the air immediately. Instead, they’ll continue through 13 episodes. After that, they will be no more.
*BET’s Ed Gordon is moving on from television news to radio, as his return to the network wasn’t all that big of a deal.
“First two cities to get new radio show, Weekend with Ed Gordon, DC and Detroit,” he messaged on his Facebook page Friday. “Look for the show this Saturday @ 7AM on WHUR and this Sunday on 92.3 FM in Detroit noon-2 PM!!!! I promise you’re going to love this show!!! More cities to come. Next week you’ll be able to find it online…stay tuned.”
He explained to Journalisms that the show isn’t like anything he’s ever done. It’s less of a news or public affairs show, and more like the “Today” show of radio with celebrity guests and lot of laughs and hot topics.
Regulars include comedian Joe Torry, judges Lynn Toler (relationship tips) and Glenda Hatchett (legal advice), and Boyce Watkins (hot topics)
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“Weekend with R Gordon” also has a segment called “That’s My Jam” in which celebrity guests will share their favorite “back in the day” hit, says Gordon:
“Some of the people who tell us their ‘Jam’: Whoopi Goldberg, Anthony Anderson, Eddie Levert, Lamman Rucker, Vivica A. Fox and even Condoleezza Rice & Louis Farrakhan plus many more! You’ll also get a chance to share you favorite song!”
According to Journalisms, Gordon and BET spokesman Luis Defrank said the radio host’s weekly public affairs show, “Weekly With Ed Gordon,” is off the schedule, but that Gordon would be part of BET’s political convention coverage.
Gordon said he is producing the radio show himself, working with fellow Detroiter Gerald McBride of Voice Over Productions.
*Oprah’s baby, OWN is trying to stick in the fight and make it over this seemingly long journey through the desert.
The network recently announced new summer programming that will include a peculiar show called, “Are You Normal, America?” a game show that that will determine the normalcy of average Americans.
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Also, “Million Dollar Neighborhood” will join the bunch. The show documents debt-ridden towns that are challenged to increase their net worth by $1 million in just three months.
Several other programs have also been added to the roster, most of which will debut in June.
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